Hey, Look, the 2022 Hugo Finalists Have Been Announced

And I’m delighted that many dear friends and colleagues are nominated this year. Congratulations to everyone who has made the finalist list!

The whole list, as emailed to me (and many others) by Chicon 8, this year’s Worldcon:

Best Novel

Light From Uncommon Stars, Ryka Aoki (Tor; St. Martin’s)
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within, Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton; Harper Voyager US)
A Master of Djinn, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom; Orbit UK)
A Desolation Called Peace, Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK)
She Who Became the Sun, Shelley Parker-Chan (Tor; Mantle)
Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir (Ballantine; Del Rey)

Best Novella

A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Becky Chambers (Tordotcom)
Fireheart Tiger, Aliette de Bodard (Tordotcom)
A Spindle Splintered, Alix E. Harrow (Tordotcom)
Across the Green Grass Fields, Seanan McGuire (Tordotcom)
Elder Race, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tordotcom)
The Past Is Red, Catherynne M. Valente (Tordotcom)

Best Novelette

“O2 Arena”, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki (Galaxy’s Edge 11/21)
“Bots of the Lost Ark”, Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld 6/21)
L’Esprit de L’Escalier, Catherynne M. Valente (Tordotcom)
“Unseelie Brothers, Ltd.”, Fran Wilde (Uncanny 5-6/21)
“That Story Isn’t the Story”, John Wiswell (Uncanny 11-12/21)
“Colors of the Immortal Palette”, Caroline M. Yoachim (Uncanny 3-4/21)

Best Short Story

“Mr. Death”, Alix E. Harrow (Apex 2/21)
“Proof by Induction”, José Pablo Iriarte (Uncanny 5-6/21)
“Tangles”, Seanan McGuire (com: Magic Story 9/21)
“Unknown Number”, Blue Neustifter (Twitter 7/21)
“Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather”, Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny 3-4/21)
“The Sin of America”, Catherynne M. Valente (Uncanny 3-4/21)

Best Series

The World of the White Rat, Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon) (Argyll)
The Green Bone Saga, Fonda Lee (Orbit)
Wayward Children, Seanan McGuire (Tordotcom)
Terra Ignota, Ada Palmer (Tor)
The Kingston Cycle, C.L. Polk (Tordotcom)
Merchant Princes, Charles Stross (Macmillan)

Best Graphic Story or Comic

Die, Volume 4: Bleed, Kieron Gillen, art by Stephanie Hans, lettering by Clayton Cowles (Image)
Once & Future, Volume 3: The Parliament of Magpies, Kieron Gillen, art by Dan Mora, colored by Tamra Bonvillain (BOOM!)
Far Sector, N.K. Jemisin, art by Jamal Campbell (DC)
Strange Adventures, Tom King, art by Mitch Gerads & Evan “Doc” Shaner (DC)
Monstress, Volume 6: The Vow, Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image)
Lore Olympus, Volume 1, Rachel Smythe (Del Rey)

Best Related Work

Never Say You Can’t Survive, Charlie Jane Anders (Tordotcom)
The Complete Debarkle: Saga of a Culture War, Camestros Felapton (Cattimothy House)
Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950-1985, Andrew Nette & Iain McIntyre (PM)
True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee, Abraham Riesman (Crown)
Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman’s Fight to End Ableism, Elsa Sjunneson (Tiller)
“How Twitter can ruin a life”, Emily St. James (Vox 6/21)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

The Green Knight
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Space Sweepers

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

Arcane: “The Monster You Created”
The Expanse: “Nemesis Games”
For All Mankind: “The Grey”
Loki: “The Nexus Event”
Star Trek: Lower Decks: “wej Duj”
The Wheel of Time: “The Flame of Tar Valon”

Best Editor, Short Form

Neil Clarke
Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
Mur Lafferty & S.B. Divya
Jonathan Strahan
Sheree Renée Thomas
Sheila Williams

Best Editor, Long Form

Ruoxi Chen
Nivia Evans
Sarah Guan
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Brit Hvide
Navah Wolfe

Best Professional Artist

Tommy Arnold
Rovina Cai
Ashley Mackenzie
Maurizio Manzieri
Will Staehle
Alyssa Winans

Best Semiprozine

Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Escape Pod
Strange Horizons

Best Fanzine

The Full Lid
Galactic Journey
Journey Planet
Quick Sip Reviews
Small Gods
Unofficial Hugo Book Club Blog

Best Fancast

Be The Serpent
The Coode Street Podcast
Hugo, Girl!
Our Opinions Are Correct
Worldbuilding for Masochists

Best Fan Writer

Chris M. Barkley
Bitter Karella
Alex Brown
Cora Buhlert
Jason Sanford
Paul Weimer

Best Fan Artist

Iain J. Clark
Lorelei Esther
Sara Felix
Ariela Housman
Nilah Magruder
Lee Moyer

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book [Not a Hugo]

Victories Greater Than Death, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Teen; Titan)
A Snake Falls to Earth, Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
Redemptor, Jordan Ifueko (Amulet; Hot Key)
Chaos on CatNet, Naomi Kritzer (Tor Teen)
The Last Graduate, Naomi Novik (Del Rey; Del Rey UK)
Iron Widow, Xiran Jay Zhao (Penguin Teen; Rock the Boat)

Astounding Award for Best New Writer [Not a Hugo Award]

Tracy Deonn*
Micaiah Johnson*
K. Larkwood*
Everina Maxwell
Shelley Parker-Chan
Xiran Jay Zhao
*Finalist in their 2nd year of eligibility.

15 Comments on “Hey, Look, the 2022 Hugo Finalists Have Been Announced”

  1. Some very amazing works! I think that A Master of Djinn was one of the best books I read last year.

  2. Interesting list to read. The only one I read is ‘The Hail Mary Project’ and I can honestly say that it is one of the best sci-fi books I’ve ever read (and I read a lot). Andy Weir is a huge writer and all his works are masterpieces (like John Scalzi’s :))

  3. I need to read more of those. Of the Bed Novel nominees, I’ve only read Project Hail Mary, but I loved it so much that if the others give it a run for its money, they must be astounding too.

  4. I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that Tor will get a win in the Novella Category.

  5. Extremely happy that “Light From Uncommon Stars” made the final cut. It’s a wonderful mix of heartbreak and joy and wonder.

  6. Careful out on that limb, dbr. All the novella nominees are from Tordotcom, not Tor. :p

  7. All I’m going to say is this: Go read “Unknown Number.”

    As a late-transitioning trans woman, I almost want to buy a Chicon 8 membership just so I can vote for that story.

  8. Dear Amy,

    THANK YOU!!!

    As someone who never gets around to even opening the Hugo packet, I’d have never read this without your exhortation.

    Thank you for doing so. This was a real day-brightener for me. (And made me laugh out loud at times.)

    pax / Ctein

  9. I was curious about the Editor nomination for Patrick Nielsen Hayden. He had previously retired from nominations after a number of consecutive wins and then unretired so he could win one in front of his wife and then re-retired from nominatons. Any info on why he is accepting nominations again? His Twitter is inactive and makinglight is mostly broken/dead. Any insight as you have a close relationship? Thanks!

  10. I don’t know about his editing status, but PNH has been involved with moving across country. That probably explains any absence from Twitter.

  11. From PNH at Facebook:
    Nobody was more surprised than I was by this. I haven’t been a finalist since 2013 and I think I got something like seven nominations last year.

    Congrats to all the other finalists, all of whom are deserving as hell. Specific giant extra callout to my colleague at Tor Dot Com, the fantastic Ruoxi Chen.

  12. Amy – Buying a supporting membership in Worldcon to vote in the Hugos and site selection is a perfectly valid thing to do. I’ve done it a few times myself recently when making Worldcon in person was not feasible (2015, 2017, 2020 even before the pandemic). And the Hugo Voters Packet definitely makes the investment worthwhile!

  13. Thrilled to bits that For All Mankind: “The Grey” received a nomination. That was a cracker of an episode. FAM is a bit of an underdog for awards, but I think season 2 was one of the best seasons of drama ever produced.

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